Mastering Mercury Retrograde in 2023

2023 Mercury Retrograde Cycles of Reflection

As we look to our regular Mercury Retrograde (MRx) passages (which always occur about three times during any given year) we have additional timeframes to be acutely aware of due to other inner planet cycles of reflection that will intertwine along with them.

We entered 2023 under Mercury Retrograde that began 29 December 2022 at 24 degrees Capricorn, equally under MARS RETROGRADE, 30 October 2022 to 12 January 2023.

Understanding Mercury Retrograde and what it actually is meant to positively do for anyone is wise timing is everything wisdom to always take into consideration for our planning and scheduling needs. These recurring astrological cycles are mistakenly overly associated with fear and frustration, which absolutely is not the reaction we are ever meant to have with them.

Mercury Retrograde is always first & foremost: A Cycle of Reflection.

~Sharita Star

Read that last statement again.

The only reasons Mercury Retrogrades “trip up” anyone is that:

ONE: most people are unaware it is in affect because they have never been introduced to the value of astrology, and naively choose to make initiations for intended long term success during them. 

TWO: those who are aware of it are fooled into believing they should fear it every time is comes back around because they are simply misinformed.

If you know what not to do, and most importantly, what you absolutely can do under these reflective, recharging, reassessment and ultimate “time out” periods: you will always be in the energetic flow of Mastering Mercury Retrograde.

Before we get into when all of 2023’s cycle of reflection periods will urgently ask us to have the heads up in our calendars, let’s give you some astrological tips and tools to implement during any of them.

Why Are We Not Favored To Move Forward Under MRx? 

Mercury is our Messenger planet from above that guides all communications, thinking, mentality, movement, electronics, transportation, travel, changes, perceptions, adaptability and all exchanges of information that occur down here below.

When in Retrograde -due to the backtracking energy that is cast off from Mercury- all of the matters it watches over do not function nor move forward optimally. Precisely why, anyone is well advised to utilize these periods of time for pause, redoing, and only focus upon reworking what already exists.

Human error is always highest under Mercury Retrograde than any other time of the year. Naturally, forward thinking and planting for future success under this time is equally not well supported. 

Therefore, hold off on important decisions such as: starting a business, signing contracts, launching a product, getting married, buying a new car, engaging in any kind of new relationship, purchasing new technology, or buying a new home. None of these initiating actions will turn out well for the long-term, and if implemented under MRx, it is an astrological guarantee they are energetically tied up in faulty foundations that never have the genuine ability to sustain themselves for success.

What Are We Favored To Do With Success Under MRx?

Taking the first rule of thumb that Mercury Retrograde is a cycle of reflection, we are promised to flow with this reassessment time when we honor staying in this exact frame of mind. By only placing our attention upon what already exists, and choosing to wait and see about the future, our personal mastery of this cycle absolutely unfolds.

Getting out our “RE” vocabulary is one of the best ways we can discover ease and peace of mind.

Rerouting, reconnecting, reconsidering, recharging, resting, relaxing, reorganizing, researching, retreating, remembering, replanning, reframing, rescheduling, rekindling, repairing and replacing are all wonderful ways to reap the rewards of what this cycle of reflection is absolutely all about.

Mercury Retrograde is a marvelous time to work with: unfinished projects, revisiting existing creative outlets, reconnecting with old friends/former associates, reassessing existing business plans, practicing the pause, expecting rescheduling of plans, anticipating delays and set backs, having backup plans ready to go, replacing objects in need of repair (yet make sure these are done correctly), doing research, retreating away from the world, and above all, remembering to take a silent listen for oneself (extra meditation, journaling and yoga time please!).

Mercury Retrogrades & YOU! 

For anyone’s individual experience, taking a look at your Personal Forecast is always extremely favored to know the precise and specific areas of your life that each one will be seeking your reflective focus within.

As everyone collectively experiences any and all MRx cycles, each one is energetically different from the last, making no two MRxs exactly alike. While the same rules of thumb will always apply, the pulse will always cast off unique affects being Mercury is in another zodiac sign each time. Equally, the other positioning of the planets above any MRx also will relate to, also are never in the same configurations.

So, where is change and necessary reflection asking for your conscious focus and attention during any given year, and especially this one?

  • Is it your income/financial matters, lifestyle or vocation?
  • Or your home/family life, wealth, or inner healing?
  • Or how you approach your life/appear to the world, heart space/abilities yo manifest/create or perception of truth/belief systems?
  • What about your communication skills, personal/business relationships or the shaping of your future goals? 

Wherever Mercury Retrograde lands in your life or business, know this: it is always time to sharpen the saw within it. The value of astrology is, you always have a precise map and blueprint to help personally guide you through any of them.

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How to Prepare for & Move Forward After “MRx”

Each Mercury Retrograde lasts for approximately 21 days (3 weeks).

All have an Approach period, (date when Mercury crosses over the degree point it will fully Retrograde back to) and a Shadow period, (date when Mercury moving forward crosses back over the degree point it began to Retrograde upon). The APPROACH alerts us to what MRx reflections and matters are on the way to be resolved, while the SHADOW allows us to tie up the loose ends and recorrect any natural errors that occur during the Retrograde itself.

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29 December to 18 January 2023 in Capricorn, 24 to 08 degrees 

Approach begins 12 December; Shadow completes 06 February 2023 This Mercury Rx will be directly alongside Mars Retrograde, 30 October 2022 to 12 January in Gemini, 25 to 08 degrees

21 April to 14 May in Taurus, 15 to 05 degrees

Approach begins 06 April; Shadow completes 31 May This Mercury Rx will be directly alongside Eclipse Season, 20 April in Aries Solar Eclipse & 05 May in Scorpio Lunar Eclipse.

23 August to 15 September in Virgo, 21 to 08 degrees

Approach begins 03 August; Shadow completes 29 September This Mercury Rx will be directly alongside Venus Retrograde, 22 July to 03 September in Leo, 28 to 12 degrees

13 December to 01 January 2024 in Capricorn, 08 degrees to Sagittarius, 22 degrees 

Approach begins 25 November; Shadow completes 20 January 2024

Let’s Spell Out the Truth

Tapping into the mysteries of Lexigrams, we can also clearly spell out the truth here: BATHE THE HEART RATE, BEAT THE HATE and ever wisely from that grounded state, BE THE EARTH EAR. 

Take a look as well, for more energetic tips as we Spell Out the Truth for this cycle of reflection: What’s Really in a Word? MERCURY RETROGRADE

Remember, reflection and reassessment success always can be absolutely ours, but one must choose to consciously slow down. Pause. Take those deeper breaths. Stop forcing matters, and quit the grinding, societal falsified illusion of maintaining the incessant and constant busy bubble rush.

Mercury Retrograde passages come back around in our lives in their appropriate timing is everything cycles, to be our perfect opportunities to restore, recharge and reboot. Without this necessary timeout and downtime, humanity is a mere stone that gathers no moss.

To Your Continual Attainment of Soul Certainty in Our Uncertain Times.

Being the Warrior for Mars Retrograde

Mars Retrograde in Libra 01 March to 19 May 2014

The inner planet retrograde train continues on in 2014, as we move out to Mars, now currently in Libra for a reflective passage. It’s time to appropriately pace and apply extreme patience to the dynamic action unfolding from the where The Scales live in our lives. How will you be mindful under this cycle that will demand to rebalance your life?

Aries: Partnerships where I Relate
Taurus: Habits/Routines/Health where I Serve
Gemini: Creativity/Children/Love Affairs where I Create
Cancer: Home/Family/Environments where I Nurture
Leo: Thinking/Mentalities where I Communicate
Virgo: Earning Power/Values with what I Have
Libra: Approaches/First Impressions with who I Am
Scorpio: Inner Work/Subconscious Study where I Process
Sagittarius: Hopes, Dreams, Wishes/Friends/Groups where I Socialize
Capricorn: Career/Public Life where I Structure
Aquarius:  Higher Learning/Travel/Growth where I Believe
Pisces: Regeneration/Change where I Transform

While a Mars Retrograde does not have a do and don’t list like a Mercury Retrograde, Venus Retrograde or our Moon Void of Course time frames have about action oriented for the future, we still are very warned to take courageous care to not allow the natural energies unfolding in this area of our lives to get out of hand.

Check in with Your Natal Birth Chart, 27 to 09 degrees Libra
Approach began: 26 December 2013 while at 09 degrees Libra (where he will station and turn around again upon 19 May).
Shadow concludes: 21 July 2014 when back at 27 degrees Libra (where he is stationed 01 March and begins the Retrograde upon)

Aside from the collective sun sign perspective, more intimate advice is available.  Any planets you have placed at 09 to 27 degrees within your natal birth chart, will see an active conversation from the current transit of Mars over this time frame more than once. Here is where the true in-depth look at what your personal map for life can help you with in bringing in understanding as to why and how this current energy affects you accordingly.

Becoming aware of how to properly navigate through this cycle will allow you to experience it for the value of the reflection it offers. Undoubtedly, you have already received the clues about what now asks to be reassessed, as you are experiencing a surge of a dynamic energy unfolding from the Libra area of your life.

Making the Most of Mars Retrograde
What happens now is -due to Mars being a planet of aggressive action, penetration, drive, motivation, desire and yes, the more negative side of tension and anger- under Retrograde it will be more than wise to really no longer avoid what needs to be properly addressed to calm and smooth out what is naturally presenting itself to handle harmoniously. You simply cannot ignore a planet like Mars. The more you may try, the more tensions, anger and rage you will more than likely see unfold. Choosing to find resolve will keep calm energy right by your side.

Now is the time to truly step into the space of courage to be able to manage the reflective energy that will now carry itself through 19 May wherever Libra affects your life. Being the Warrior will grant you the very keys to handle it with ease and flow. Remember, a Warrior does not choose to literally fight, but he will stand up strongly in his courage and defend the courses of action that are happening here within our now with integrity and poise.

Since 07 December, your motivation and drive has been thriving on some level within the Libra area of life. The offering to energize our lives continues with Mars’s very long stay within The Scales, where he journeys until 25 July 2014. When we take on the mindset of addressing this cycle with pure refinement of our desires and current activity, this will stimulate our powers of response and compromise relating to them. The very key here, as for all retrograde times, is to practice patience, and allow for our understanding and courage to prevail. Mars’s natural energy in Libra is relaxed and well regulated, stirring us to all kinds of sensual perceptions, yet under this passage, naturally, these tendencies are a slightly thwarted.

Empowering Tips
Mars Retrograde asks us all to collectively monitor the following, 01 March to 19 May:

Our speed. Take a much slower pace with everything you do. Being in a hurry under Mars Rx will attract the potential for accidents and the unexpected to occur. Equally watch using sharp objects of all kinds, as extra care is definitely needed for this passage.

Our anger. It will be very “easy” to fall to this choice of the free will. But fuel the fires of rage, conflict and impatience under Mars Rx, and you’ll be ever sorry that you did.

Our patience. Choosing this practice will greatly improve your results. This virtue is the most valuable one we can utilize at all times in life, but especially what is currently moving within the Libra.

Our ability to let go. Mars is equally, aside from this motivation and drive, the planet that promotes conclusions, finalization and endings. Know that these will be showing up in powerful ways from the Libra area of your life. Choose to resist them, and you can expect a struggle that you will look back upon and wish you had made a different decision.

As always, Retrograde passages for any planet are nothing to “fear.” The more we ever choose to get caught up in frustration, is like a pure domino affect in what courses of action will continue to attract themselves towards us. As we all evolve in time through Mars’s request for a necessary review passage, it’s time to stand up and become the Warrior. You have all the abilities from within to respond to what is unfolding with courage, patience and a mindfulness that empowers you, and absolutely reduces your stress.

To your contagious courage, Dear Stars.


Returning to Responsibility: Venus Retrograde in Capricorn

SharitaStarPsychicofthePlan21 December 2013 to 31 January 2014
Approach Began: 20 November 2013
Shadow Ends: 04 March 2014
While the very word “retrograde” scares the average star follower, bear in mind, Venus, our planet of love, harmony, beauty and luxury hasn’t taken a real vacation since June of 2012 when she was evening the score in Gemini.  For the next few weeks as our Sun transits in Capricorn and Aquarius, Venus will be resting up once more. Even though we aren’t as warned to watch out for zaniness as we are under such inner planetary reflection as Mercury and Mars request of us- a Venus Retrograde brings us to a deeper sense of what we value within our lives, what’s it all really worth and how we truly relate to it all.

What To Reflect Upon Under Venus Retrograde
One of the Zodiac’s benefic and inner planets, Venus’s influence grants gentleness, ease, and strength wherever her graceful energy is currently visiting within the Zodiac Pie. As she decides to not “look where she is going,” the collective can expect the natural benefits of her energies to be up for review.

Venus affects the collective’s values- as well as our earning potential, money, romance, and our ability to tap into the feminine. Beauty enhancements are off limits, for Venus while backtracking will, for example, probably turn original brown intended hair color into orange by “accident.” Relationships, especially new ones, should be carefully monitored over this time. Beginning a new romance or a marriage are not particularly favored courses of action. However, this a prominent time when old love affairs and people you once knew return: so have fun remembering, or realize why they aren’t an active part of your life anymore!

Wonderful Ways To Appreciate Venus Retrograde
BE charitable with money.
WATCH over-spending.
AVOID buying luxurious items, moving money to increase its’ value, renovating the home, or any kind of beauty enhancement.
DO scoop up any bargains! THIS is totally Venus Rx approved!
BE GRATEFUL for what you already own and who you already know.
REASSESS what is worthy of appreciation: keep it or toss it!
REFLECT upon all your present relationships, business or personal.
EMBRACE falling in love all over again- or let it GO!
VISIT ART! Whether at a museum, gallery, performance, or through nature, Venus enhances our appreciation and understanding of it at this time, and while in Capricorn the older, the better.
REVISIT old creative adventures and reflect upon ways to improve them.

Where To Responsibly Reflect: 28 degrees to 13 degrees Capricorn
This is the specific area of our Zodiac Pie that will be calling for a passage of reflection and review. Collectively, this retreat within The Goat specifies that we take a slower and patient pace here, and dive into what this sign requests when it comes to developing our self-reliance and eliminating our unwanted restrictions. The calling for constant, sincere, protective and challenging affections ask for necessary attention, so that we can recognize all the ways improvements can be brought into our awareness.

From the collective perspective, the simplicity of knowing your sun sign is a great place to start while we all take up in value-oriented review. Here is one area of life where you are best to focus, taking time in retreat- to admire, weight the pros and cons, and then eliminate what is not worth the effort any longer. Equally, there is another area of life you are also asked for reflection within by knowing your Rising Sign/Ascendant, as the time of your birth provides this detail. Yet, we do always advise, have a professional astrologer do your math for you -i.e if your ASC is placed in the later degrees of any given sign, you’ll typically want to read for the sign after your ASC- for complete accuracy.

Aries: I Structure Career/Public Life/Opportunities

Taurus: I Believe Philosophies/Foreign Travel/Education

Gemini: I Transform Core Regeneration/Sexuality/Wealth

Cancer: I Relate Partnerships/Marriage/Balance with Others

Leo: I Serve Health/Being of Service/Employees/Pets

Virgo: I Create Creativity/Children/Love Affairs

Libra: I Nurture Home/Family/Emotions/Environments

Scorpio: I Communicate Thinking/Mentality/Communications

Sagittarius: I Have Values/Earning Power/Possessions

Capricorn: I Am Approaches/Mask to the World/Motivations

Aquarius: I Process Inner Psyche/Clearing of the Past

Pisces: I Socialize Innovations/Friendships/Organizations

Take these personalized areas of the life and see where you are asked to reflect upon Venus’s backwards journey. Releasing at this time what is no longer of value to you or seemingly worth it from the particular area of life that Venus Retrograde is calling for your review, is extremely favored.

We will stress again to remember no matter what sign you are, any creative endeavor involving the new in the areas of beauty enhancements, (i.e. redecorating, home improvements, haircutting/coloring, cosmetic surgery, etc.), tend to not go over well. Have you any already underway or unfinished creative projects, this passage will grant the perfect time to revisit them. Some of the most amazing artistic endeavors can find their way to a harmonious completion under this passage.

Dealings in the financial areas of life are especially wise to delay any major decisions for long-term success until after 31 January 2014, (but remember again Mercury goes Retrograde within days upon 06 February until the 28th, so it’s will definitely be a “tricky” start to 2014). Venus Retrogrades become buyer’s markets, as the victor is the one with the bargain, but they also may not have received the value they actually thought they were getting at the time. Past debts may surface, and these should be addressed. So, if you’ve got a money situation or a lingering legality that needs clearing up, this is a perfect place for focus and solution seeking research.

The Approach and Shadow of Venus Retrograde
Be aware that decisions made as Venus started her approach -on 19 November while going Direct from 13 degrees Capricorn until Retrograde motion begins 21 December- are equally involved in this time of reflection. Once Direct on 31 January, the shadow will prevail until 03 March when Venus returns to 28 degrees Capricorn, offering the opportunity to adjust any important decisions that may have had to be made while in Retrograde. Decisions will be rather challenged as our Universal New Year begins, as our first Mercury Retrograde of 2014 runs 06 to 28 February, and then Mars Retrogrades 01 March to 19 May. As approaches, shadows, and retrogrades will all intersect and overlap, our inner planets will be practically screaming from above to reflect and reassess like we’ve never done so before.

The Cardinal Axis Calling For Restructure
How We Lead In Life Beckons for Change
This Venus Retrograde is quite involved with what else is going on within all of the leadership signs within our Zodiac skies. With Uranus in Aries, Jupiter in Cancer, Mars in Libra, and Pluto in Capricorn, she is in close contact with all of these planets under her time of review, which calls for us all to further recognize just how much the world is changing in dynamic ways. As current transits within our leadership signs have a strong presence to change our direction, the intense calling presses on to wake-up the collective to become more aware of what we’ve thought we’ve understood and have been comfortable with is not what it once was.

By the close of Venus Retrograde, she and Pluto will be in the form a conjunction (same sign, same degree points), as she will be one degree away as Pluto will be at 12 degrees Capricorn. This intensity will unravel quite the surge to bring in some overturns, so expecting transformation is wise to do here. Emotions will be running high, and karmic experiences will be prominent within Capricorn. Let’s put it this way, you’ll see quite the regenerative energy unfolding where The Goat affects your life as Venus stations to go Direct by the close of January.

Uranus will be at 09 degrees Aries, which will cause some tension as a close square forms (90 degree, cornered, blocked in energy) from where The Ram pioneers within our Zodiac skies to Venus’s turn around point. When we look to squares as ways to formulate a new structure rather than view them as stagnant and blocking: use this to tap into some true intuitive gifts that will wish to unexpectedly inspire between the Aries and Capricorn slices of life (the entire calling right now of the ongoing Pluto Uranus Square Dance). Be sure to avoid erratic reactions, for as Venus Retrograde concludes, you may find a difference has displayed itself as far as what your natural routine has been between these two areas of your life.

Abundant Jupiter -also under Retrograde in Cancer- opposes Venus and Pluto, expanding our learning in another reflective tug from across the way at 12 degrees by the time Venus turns herself around. While Venus and Jupiter aspects typically enjoy financial gain, the warning here becomes even stronger to watch extravagance and excess under this period, because the opposing energy between Venus and Jupiter is when they are both in Retrograde passages.  Exactly as Venus goes Direct, Jupiter directly opposes Pluto, promising to unveil further intensity between Cancer and Capricorn involving unfulfilled desires, rebelliousness, arrogance and prodigal experiences.

Motivation from Mars in Libra -who starts the approach to his Retrograde (01 March to 19 May 2014) shortly after Christmas- will be moving earlier in our Venus Retrograde passage, as his direct square occurs upon 16 January to Venus while both planets are at 18 degrees of their respective signs. Demonstrative energies will display themselves between Libra and Capricorn, stimulating that we seek to resolve any inconsistencies between these two areas of our lives, and discover more passionate ways to find the means to more simple pleasures.

Lexigrams and Venus Retrograde
What’s really in a name or title cannot be left out of this retrograde understanding. Whichever planet is actively in RETROGRADE within our Zodiac skies, it’s that necessary time when we are best to surrender, and know we’ve GOT TO REDO, and GO TO A GREAT REORDER. As our romantic and value-loving planet attracts herself to the retrograde title, how apropos the anagrams we find that can be phrased to spell out the real truth of how to reap reward and stay in true tune with her request to revisit how we earn, understand and relate as we return to save our lives.



Appreciate this time for reassessment where The Goat ambitiously climbs in your Zodiac Pie Dear Stars. Once 31 January 2014 comes to pass, the activity within this area of the life will start to stir and reap goodness within your life unlike any other in quite some time. Remember, what is deserved here comes from the acts of review under the retrograde. So rest and reset now, then happily gather your reward later! Know, the grandeur may not be what you had originally anticipated, but what is meant to become simpler here, is the real value you’ll discover that is a genuine gift you’ve been patiently waiting for.